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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:47 PM

Post #7770232

Several months ago I picked up a new hobby, it's turning out to be tons of fun..harder than I thought and lordy it's expensive...lol but I'm having a blast. I'll show the pictures in order ...lets hope you can see a progression of skill.

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:47 PM

Post #7770234

next...

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:48 PM

Post #7770237

Cheesecake covered with ganache, bag with the strawberries is also cho

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:50 PM

Post #7770243

...

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:50 PM

Post #7770247

I seemed to backslide on this one.

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:51 PM

Post #7770249

getting a bit better

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:52 PM

Post #7770253

oops wrong order..this should be where the dice cake is...

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:52 PM

Post #7770255

the next three I did this weekend

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:56 PM

Post #7770267

correction this was done a week or so ago

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:56 PM

Post #7770271

cake for returning solder

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:57 PM

Post #7770272

my fav one so far

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:57 PM

Post #7770275

oops forgot this one

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
3:58 PM

Post #7770278

everything on these cakes are edible..if you see a dice, bell, pencil, candy etc they are all made from gumpaste.
Cris316
Port Norris, NJ
(Zone 7b)

May 6, 2010
4:19 PM

Post #7770323

Araness,
I've been decorating cakes for a number of years and have to
say I'm truly impressed !

I take it you took some gumpaste classes :)

Congrats on your new found hobby and all the joy you are, and
will be bringing to those whose cakes you decorate.

BTW are you familiar with the website http://www.cakeswebake.com/
It truly is a wonderful site for ideas and support.
HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

May 6, 2010
5:40 PM

Post #7770487

araness - simply outstanding job. the one with the flag. isthe flag edible also.??

thsi ihas ntohing to do with realcakes but my wife just fnished making this for a baby shower. its made with pampers. LOL

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2010
6:12 PM

Post #7770564

no I didn't take a gumpaste class, other than the fondant class taught by Wilton.

I'll check out the website, thank you for passing it along.

Herbie do you think Deb could post the instructions for that, it's so cute.

And yes the flag is edible, as are the dog tags and the medallion.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 6, 2010
7:19 PM

Post #7770813

Wow are you really cooking araness. Lovely cakes. I hope that the people who get them are appreciative. I'll bet that they are.
torriesmom
New York, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2010
9:48 PM

Post #7771162

Araness, your cakes are so beautiful. What a great job you did. Look like they sell for quite abit. Yummmm!.
My first cake that I completed does have flowers but did not look too good. I must practice on my flowers and piping sometime next week. I have promised a couple of cakes to friends. These are my tasters of all things sweet.
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 7, 2010
6:21 AM

Post #7771669

tyty...Torriesmom buy a dummy or florist Styrofoam to practice your piping skills. It allows you to get use to the angle you'll be working on with real cakes, which the practice board does not.

Also check out Sharon Zambito, if you can borrow, rent or buy her videos I suggest it.

torriesmom
New York, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 7, 2010
9:03 PM

Post #7774141

Thank you, will check her out soon.
HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2010
4:21 PM

Post #7775954

araness - my wife said she would be happy to do it but it may take a while. whe is very busy with her book right now.

HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

May 9, 2010
10:43 AM

Post #7777711

arness - debbie said she loves your cakes and if you want to show any of your recipes on her website just send her an e-mail with the recipe and any pictures you have and she will post it.

her e-mail is debbie@cookfromtheheart.com and her website is
www.cookfromtheheart.com

debbie would like you to check out her website.

frank

araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2010
12:11 PM

Post #7777870

Herbie, I view Deb's website often ...*G* as far as giving out my recipes...if I did then I'd have to ahem...ah...I dunno.
HERBIE43
Rutland , MA
(Zone 5b)

May 9, 2010
1:26 PM

Post #7778015

o.k.

araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 25, 2010
10:43 AM

Post #7826160

Not thrilled with this one..but when they don't tell you what they want...

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 25, 2010
10:44 AM

Post #7826161

bit better but...

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araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 25, 2010
10:45 AM

Post #7826168

I learned new words for this cake..and none of em were nice...looks easy enough I know..but it wasn't!

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torriesmom
New York, NY
(Zone 6b)

May 25, 2010
8:48 PM

Post #7828186

Love your cakes.
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 26, 2010
5:56 AM

Post #7828757

thanks...still learning but I enjoy the new hobby
sapphirestar19
Pearland, TX

July 7, 2010
11:25 AM

Post #7950106

Wow Saint. These are amazing!
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2010
4:04 PM

Post #7950691

Tyty..got your email..sorry had an open house today for the realtors and I got told to scram *G*

Hope your feeling better...I'm in Orange this week but will be back in Pearland on Sunday night. They are putting a new roof on the house and we should close on the 2nd of Aug. I'll be moving around the 13th (around about) so I'll be back and forth until then.

kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2010
2:19 PM

Post #8069031

You've got some Major talent there. Those look very professional. Loved everyone of them. My sis in law makes cakes, but man her talent is no where near this, and I hope she doesn't read this ever lol
corgimom
Pontotoc, MS
(Zone 7b)

August 30, 2010
2:30 PM

Post #8071058

WOW !!!!! I took a cake decorating class and still can't make a rose - the basic flower !!!! I bought all that equipment, tips, etc and haven't made a cake since then.

I only wish mine turned out half (no, 10% ) as pretty as yours !
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #8071407

thanks, both of you...sorry for the delay but Comcast seems to think we shouldn't have internet, phone, security or cable 100% of the time...greedy lill buggers!

My next cake will be the one I'll post below. Going to omit the bottom layer due to the size (she only needs to feed about 100) It will still be overkill but she wants to keep the proportions.

LOL Corgi...let me give you my address..*G*

Kathy Ann...what is said on DG stays on DG...
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:01 PM

Post #8071408

grr ok helps to post the pic ...

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torriesmom
New York, NY
(Zone 6b)

August 30, 2010
11:04 PM

Post #8071993

Araness, nice to see that you are still making beautiful cakes. I would like to know what the filling is for that lovely cake. I only took a brief class in April making the flowers. And made 2 cakes for the class which I am pleased with. Not as nice as yours though. But I have not practiced too much. As soon as it gets a bit cooler, I will start with my cakes. The heat of my hands and the kitchen make my flowers melt.
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2010
4:01 AM

Post #8072112

this cake will be pretty plain..she wants two different types. Half the layers will be strawberry with a fresh strawberry filling the other two will be a white almond wedding cake with a almond buttercream. For the almond layers I'll use a amaretto flavoring in the fondant and for the strawberry either a cheesecake or a champagne flavoring. Most people won't eat the fondant but for the ones who do I'd like for it to have a taste.

kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

August 31, 2010
7:02 PM

Post #8073672

I can see the expense in these cakes, they almost look to beautiful to eat lol

love that last one you just posted
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

September 1, 2010
5:32 AM

Post #8074169

No, most people don't see the expense of these cakes. I've had people call or email me with pictures of cakes they want and then literally gasp when I tell them prices. The above cake (minus the bottom layer) will cost me about 225.00 just in supplies, that does not count the untold hours spent to decorate, clean, shop etc. I guess people don't see the 2 hours you sit tinting the fondant the right shade of teal or how long it takes to imprint the fondant with the correct patterns etc as actual "work" that they should pay for.

We've just moved and I've spent the last two days trying to unpack all my cake supplies and organizing them...humm not sure how I can move into a house double the size of my old one and still not have enough space. DH put up shelves last night in a small broom closet for my pans, and I've taken over the island for my utensils, colors, dusts etc my airbrush, fondant roller and cutter had to be shoved in a cabinet due to lack of space...if I ever get done I'll post a picture.
torriesmom
New York, NY
(Zone 6b)

September 3, 2010
9:47 AM

Post #8078260

What wonderful space to put your supplies. Congratulations on your move to a larger house. You will get it in order soon. You seem very disciplined so your work space will be also. You are doing a great job with the cakes. I enjoy looking at them.

Ivy
planolinda
Plano, TX

September 4, 2010
8:51 AM

Post #8079919

araness--those are just unbelievable!! i did cake decorating a long time ago from a wilton type lesson--i used the character pans and did cakes for my kids birthday parties and even those took lots of time--
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

September 7, 2010
2:58 PM

Post #8085829

Linda, if you have the talent and patience to make a character pan look like it's suppose to then you are one talented lady..I've tried a few...some how my Barney turned out looking like Strawberry Shortcake!
planolinda
Plano, TX

September 7, 2010
3:02 PM

Post #8085832

pretty funny!! but i will take yoru talent over my character cake making any day!!
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 2, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8534326

Cake from this weekend

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 2, 2011
9:25 AM

Post #8534546

Araness , when you told me you loved cooking , I can see now you really meant it . I see love in every one of your cakes . Sad to have such art destroyed by eating it . Thank goodness for pictures . Sally
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 2, 2011
9:55 AM

Post #8534605

That is a beauty!

Now...I want to share with you a cake decorated with True Love...When my DD had her BD in March (she has taken some Wilton classes), her DH and 16 YO DS took it upon themselves to do her a cake...here is the result...not bad for 2 guys that never did one before. Jo

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 2, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8534796

R R , that is a work of love . The basket weave is awsome . I have never gotten a present that would mean so much to me . That family will be together forever .Lucky ,lucky , lucky .
My son's idea of a gift for me would be to bring me some deer to put up and share the backstrap with him . LOL
Zooty
Mansfield, TX

May 2, 2011
12:48 PM

Post #8534898

Those two guys must love your daughter very, very much, roadrunner. What a wonderful thing for them to do for her. I am truly impressed by their efforts, as well as their love.
digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 2, 2011
1:15 PM

Post #8534963

Yep , she must be something else .
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

May 2, 2011
6:15 PM

Post #8535584

They are a wonderful , close knit family...my 16 yo is an only child and everyone that meets him comments on what a well mannered young man he is. He is in 10th grade and just took his Senior GF to her prom...sshe is graduating one year early though...so only a year older. LOL Jo

Edited to say that he doesn't look this mean all the time...I think he is training to be a Marine Drill SGT~ LOL

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digger9083
Dahlonega, GA

May 2, 2011
9:55 PM

Post #8536051

WOW !!! GOOD looking .
Anna_Z
Monroe, WI
(Zone 4b)

May 4, 2011
10:41 AM

Post #8539331

Araness, I admit to watching Buddy, the Cake Boss, sometimes. I have a question that you can probably answer. I would like to try fondant. I have heard fondant tastes horrid. I have seen several fondant recipes and judging from what is actually IN them, I don't know why they would be horrid. Is making fondant all that hard? I mean, I have made puff pastry and croissants from scratch, and it can't be all THAT bad, can it??

Your cakes are beautiful.
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8539908

Thanks everyone..

Anna, no fondant isn't hard to make. I purchase mine simply so I can have a consistent product. Only trick with making fondant, MMF or White Choc is to knead it an then let it sit for several days. Check it for elasticity and if needed knead in more powdered sugar.
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

May 4, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8539909

Your cakes are prize winning. What an accomplishment!

The cute but sullen stage is thankfully behind us. The era of one word sentences and BTW only the boys suffered from adolescent mutism. . A typical conversation went something like this..Mom, "How was school today?" Child, "Okay." Mom, "Anything interesting happen?" Child, "Nope." Mom, "What did you do?" Child, "Nothin'." Mom, "Do you have homework?" Child, "Nope." Mom, "Want a snack?" Child, "Yup." Ahh...memories.

Anna_Z
Monroe, WI
(Zone 4b)

May 4, 2011
4:57 PM

Post #8540099

MMF being??
araness
Auburn, AL
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2011
6:17 PM

Post #8540279

Marshmallow Fondant

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